In Oakland, California, there is a neighborhood tucked into the hills called Montclair.  It is one of the most heavily forested neighborhoods in the city.  It reminds a visitor of Tahoe with its winding tree lined streets.  Views of San Francisco are available peaking through the trees at many locations, especially  among those Montclair view homes that are perched high atop the many canyons that are found descending from the high hills above. 

Immediately adjacent to the city of Piedmont on one side, and Oakland's Woodminster and Oakmore neighborhoods, it is the location of Montclair Village-an  enclave of small shops, and excellent restaurants which are visited by Oakland residents from throughout the city.  To add to the food flavor, the Village hosts a Farmer's Market every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Many activities are scheduled each year by various organizations in the area.  They include an annual Easter egg hunt, and the Montclair Car Show which presents classic and restored cars and motorcycles built before 1985.

Located in the neighborhood is Montclair Elementary School, a highly rated elementary school.  It was given a Great Schools rating of 10 out of 10, and is able to keep its average class attendance at 22.  It hosts its own calendar of fun, highlighted each year by its fundraising Otter Ball. 

Also contributing to area activities is the super busy Montclair Recreation Center. Located in Montclair Park with its quiet pond and ducks, it serves area  residents from babies to seniors.  It has classes of all sorts from art and dance to team sports, gymnastics to karate. 

It's varied and busy activity schedule keeps residents involved and committed to their neighborhood. 

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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